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How to Be A Good Neighbor: A Fred Rogers Unit Study

Many of today’s adults grew up with the TV show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Fred Rogers was the host and he introduced children to different people in one’s community.  And he helped children learn how to talk about their feelings and think about hard things that might go on in the world.

This unit study gives you a behind the scenes look into Fred Rogers’ life and helps your children think about how they can be good neighbors in their community!

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The Book about Fred Rogers

The How to Be A Good Neighbor unit study is based upon the book Who Was Fred Rogers?  This book takes you through Mr. Rogers’ childhood and TV career.  This is a great read aloud for early elementary ages or an independent reading assignment for children in about grades 3-6.  There are a few more books at the bottom of this post that could be added to the study.

Who Was Mister Rogers?
  • Bailey, Diane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 10/01/2019 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

The Fred Rogers FREE Printable Unit Study

The printable unit study includes the following:

Notebooking pages about Fred Rogers’ life.

A timeline activity to chart his life.

Printable pages from unit study: cover, notebooking page, timeline.

Create Your Own Puppet Show: Watch the video below to learn about Mr. Rogers’ love and use of puppets.  Then, use this graphic organizer to plan a puppet show and follow the link below to make your own puppets and scenery!

Famous Quotes Copy Work: Nine quotes from Fred Rogers to encourage your children to love themselves and those around them.

Be A Good Neighbor Bingo Boards:  Four different boards allow you to pick different ways to help your community. Color in the squares as you complete them and try to get five in a row.

Printable pages from Fred Rogers unit study: Be A Good Neighbor Bingo Board, Copy Work of Famous Quotes, and Puppet Show Planning Form.

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Videos About Fred Rogers

A biography of Fred Rogers life. (18 minutes).

You can watch episodes of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood by purchasing them from Amazon or subscribing to PBS kids.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Volume 1
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Fred Rogers, Betty Aberlin, David Newell (Actors)
  • Bob Walsh (Director) - Fred Rogers (Producer)

Learn more about Mr. Rogers hereAnd learn about the Fred Rogers Center and explore their archives here.

Make Puppets

Making puppets and creating your own puppet show is a super fun way to appreciate the work that Fred Rogers did.

Learn more about Mr. Rogers history with puppets. (4 minutes)

Watch one of his puppet skits. (5:25 minutes)

Now, use the printable page from above to design your own skit!

Then, make the puppets to go in your show and create a background for your setting.  Here are several different types of puppets for your children to make.  Pick the one(s) appropriate for their developmental levels.  Many use household objects.

Finally, have your children put on their puppet show for the family.

Movies and Documentaries

The documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, is available for rent on Amazon Prime.  It is not rated, but is suggested for ages 10 and up.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Fred Rogers (Actor)
  • Morgan Neville (Director) - Morgan Neville (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

At the writing of this post, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks is available for purchase on a variety of platforms.  It is rated PG and suggested for ages 10 and up.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper (Actors)
  • Marielle Heller (Director) - Micah Fitzerman-Blue (Writer) - Youree Henley (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Other Mr. Rogers books:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers (Mister Rogers Poetry Books)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Rogers, Fred (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 03/19/2019 (Publication Date) - Quirk Books (Publisher)
The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
  • Hardcover Book
  • Rogers, Fred (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 208 Pages - 05/14/2019 (Publication Date) - Hachette Books (Publisher)


Other Mr. Rogers resources:

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild Hello Neighbor - Mister Rogers Magnetic Dress Up Play Set
  • Hello, Neighbor! Mister Rogers' mix-and-match magnetic wardrobe features a variety of outfits (and cardigans!), puppet friends, and the Neighborhood Trolley.
  • Package opens up to show the houses and streets of everyone's favorite neighborhood.
  • Includes two sheets of clothes and wardrobe accessories measuring approximately 7.5" x 12" each.
  • Dozens of pieces for nearly limitless options. Play on your refrigerator or on a locker or any other metal surface.
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Mister Rogers Talking Figurine (RP Minis)
  • Rogers, Fred (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 10/22/2019 (Publication Date) - RP Minis (Publisher)


Learn More About the Invention of TV:

The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth
  • Krull, Kathleen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 02/11/2014 (Publication Date) - Dragonfly Books (Publisher)